League Medals

DIVISIONS ONE , TWO & THREE SENIOR GRADE – BEST ON GROUND
THE “MENEILLY” MEDAL

The medal is named after Jim Meneilly and awarded to the best player in all Senior Grand Finals.
The late Mr. Jim Meneilly, whose early years in football were spent with Bentleigh, was a long time Board Member of the ESCFA and served seven years as President, assisting the progression of the competition. A friend to all concerned with his willingness to listen and readiness to guide, Jim was always available to assist with any problem and was a much respected person throughout the football fraternity far and wide. It is in his honour that this medal for the Best Player in the Grand Final has been struck for all senior divisions.

 

DIVISION ONE RESERVE GRADE – BEST ON GROUND
THE “MALCOLM” MEDAL

The medal is named after Dennis Malcolm and awarded to the best player in the Division 1 Reserve Grand Final.
Mr. Dennis Malcolm held the position of Treasurer with the South East Suburban Football League from 1969 through to 1992 and was awarded life membership of the Southern Football League in 1997.

 

DIVISION TWO RESERVE GRADE – BEST ON GROUND
THE “YEOMANS” MEDAL

The medal is named after Robert Yeomans and awarded to the best player in the Division 2 Reserve Grand Final.
The Yeomans Medal is struck in honour of the contribution made by Mr. Bob Yeomans with the former Eastern Suburban Churches Football Association and early years of the Southern Football League. Bob is a Life member and is supported by his wife Shirley who was honoured with life membership of the Southern Football League in 1999.

 

DIVISION THREE RESERVE GRADE – BEST ON GROUND
THE “LE LIEVRE” MEDAL

The medal is named after Stan Le Lievre and awarded to the best player in the Division 3 Reserve Grand Final.
The Stan Le Lievre Medal acknowledges the contribution made to community football by the late Stan Le Lievre as President of the South East Suburban Football League between 1983 – 1991.

 

Under 19s – BEST ON GROUND
THE “BARNES” MEDAL

The medal is named after Stephen Barnes and awarded to the best player in the Under 19 Grand Final.

The Barnes Medal acknowledges the contribution made to community football by the Barnes family and in particularly Stephen Barnes for his role in resurrecting the Colts competition in 2008. Stephen was awarded life membership to the Southern Football League in 2010.

 

THIRDS – BEST ON GROUND
THE “LLOYD-GRIFFITHS” MEDAL

The medal is named after Emrys Lloyd-Griffiths and awarded to the best player in the Thirds Grand Final.

The Lloyd- Griffiths Medal acknowledges the contribution made to community football by Emrys Lloyd-Griffiths for his outstanding service to finals football. Emrys was awarded life membership to the Southern Football League in 2008

 

DIVISIONS ONE SENIOR GRADE – BEST & FAIREST
THE “ELLIS” MEDAL

The medal is named after Kingsley Ellis and awarded to the Best and Fairest in the Division 1 Senior Grade.
The Ellis Medal acknowledges the contribution made to community football by Kingsley Ellis for his outstanding service to the SFL. The end of season 2011 saw the retirement of long serving league administrator Kingsley Ellis. Kingsley served as Executive Manager from 2001 – 2004 and returned as Commercial Manager between 2007 – 2011.

 

UNDER 19S GRADE – BEST & FAIREST
THE “SPARROW” MEDAL

The medal is named after Phil Sparrow and awarded to the Best and Fairest in the Under 19 Grade.

The Sparrow Medal acknowledges the contribution made to youth community football by the late Phil Sparrow. Phil recruited and built a new Under 18 team for Cheltenham Football Club in the lead-up to the 2007 season, where he coached Cheltenham Colts to back-to-back premierships in 2007 and 2008. Phil gave the league and other clubs valuable support during the planning and start-up phase of the Colts competition over the all important first few years.

 

DIVISION TWO SENIOR GRADE – BEST & FAIREST
THE “BENNETT” MEDAL

The medal is named after John Bennett and awarded to the Best and Fairest in the Division 2 Senior Grade.
The Bennett Medal acknowledges the contribution made to community football by John Bennett for his outstanding service to the SFL. John Bennett was arguably the best player to grace the SFL. He was classy, strong, skilful and a true leader. Whether playing out of the goal square or in the thick of the action, John stood out as a powerhouse. He combined coaching and playing with East Brighton in the SFL from 1992-99 and won the club’s best-and-fairest in its 1993 Division 1 premiership year. After two years away from football, Bennett returned as coach of Heatherton, leading the club to two Division 2 premierships in 2006 and 2009 before retiring from the role after the 2010 season. John transformed Heatherton and is a hero to the club for doing so.

 

DIVISION THREE SENIOR GRADE – BEST & FAIREST
THE “FLACK” MEDAL

The medal is named after Ryan Flack and awarded to the Best and Fairest in the Division 3 Senior Grade.
The Flack Medal acknowledges the contribution made to community football by Ryan Flack for his outstanding service to the SFL. Ryan Flack is known as the players’ player, a fierce competitor who never flinches on the battlefield. With his raking kick, Ryan is always dangerous whether playing in the midfield or up forward. He coached Chelsea Heights to Division 1 grand finals in 2009 and 2010 and won the Division 1 best-and-fairest in 2010. Ryan stood aside from the role following the 2011 season after seven years at the helm. He suffered a neck injury in 2011, but fought back to play a part in another Heighters grand final side in 2012.